Cincinnati has an amazing arts community. For a city of our size, we can experience the opera, symphony, ballet, theater, museums, choral music, modern dance and a variety of other art forms. We are also very fortunate that African-American artists routinely display their talents right here in the Queen City.
Cincy Arts Guide provides detailed listings on performances, exhibitions, classes, fundraisers and other arts events from arts organizations across the region.
Here is a list of upcoming events that local African-Americans will not want to miss. Be sure to ask about any special deals, discount options, community performances or same-day options. If there are events we have missed, please submit them to The Voice of Black Cincinnati Calendar.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
January 26 – February 28
Based on the much beloved and lauded Academy Award-winning film, old-line, self-proclaimed liberals Matt and Christina Drayton must come to grips with their buried prejudices when their daughter Joanna returns home with a new fiancé: African-American doctor John Prentice. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 513-381-2273 or visiting the box office Monday – Friday between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Right now, use code “VOICE” to receive 25% your tickets purchased between January 26 to February 11. There is a limit of 4 tickets per order when using this discount.
Shakespeare’s Othello Play
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
March 2 – April 24
The play will feature founding company member Nicholas Rose as Iago, as well as newcomer William Oliver Watkins as Othello. Shakespeare’s Othello play is the infamous take of obsession, jealousy and betrayal. How will this love story end? Ticket prices range between $14 – $52 and can be purchased online, by calling 513-381-2273 or visiting the box office. Use discount code VOICE to receive 25% off tickets for performances March 2-24. There is a limit purchase of 4 tickets when using the code.
Marie and Rosetta Gospel Theatre
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
March 3 – 31
Celebrated for her fierce guitar playing and swinging gospel music, singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe became a veritable legend. Throughout the 1930s and ’40s, Sister Rosetta performed gospel in the morning and swing music at the Cotton Club at night, to inevitably become a major influence on rock ‘n’ roll’s earliest icons. Marie and Rosetta’s compelling life stories combined with roof-raising, heart-rending gospel songs set the stage for an inspiring evening at the theatre. Tickets are $34-$74 and can be purchases online or by calling 513-421-3888. Purchase half price tickets March 4 – 15 (excluding Saturdays) using promotion code VOBCROSETTA.
Noire: Pop Up Dinner Experience
Revel OTR Urban Winery
Chef L. Mari, founder of L. Mari Catering, introduces you to Noire: A Pop-Up Dinner Experience. This event will host a fusion of soulful cultural dishes, acoustic sounds, and art. Guests are invited to indulge in an upscale environment that provides delicious food, positive vibes, excellent wine, and local artist. This event will feature acoustics from: Triiibe. Tickets are $30 – $125 and can be purchased online. Each single ticket includes dinner, one beverage tickets and a Noire Bag. You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event.
Eddie B. Comedy Show
Comedian Eddie B. brings uncensored, raw, and hysterically realistic portrayal of a teacher’s hectic life with “Teachers Only Comedy Tour”. Eddie B. is comedy on steroids! The Houston native is single-handedly changing the comedy game, tapping into the minds of teachers around the world and selling out major arenas throughout the country in minutes. Don’t miss this Eddie B. Cincinnati comedy show. Ticket prices range from $35 – $65 and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting the Taft Theatre Box Office.
Kill Paradise Play
March 2 – 24
Described by Philadelphia-based playwright James Ijames as “an expressionistic buzzsaw through the contemporary myth that ‘all lives matter,” Kill Move Paradise takes an unflinching look at the collateral damage of our biases and assumptions about young black men. Audacious, often funny, and totally uncompromising, Ijames’ writing holds a mirror to the ways we rewrite the narrative of the slain. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online by calling 513-300-5669 or visiting the box office. Goldstar currently has discount tickets starting at $12.50. Ge them while they last.
Rhythm and Blues Series
This event will feature various musicians, vocalists, and even spoken word and visual artists! This eclectic mix will set the perfect vibe for the evening. The show begins at 7 p.m.
Miguel’s fourth studio full-length, War & Leisure, is his most ambitious and stunning project yet. It’s a perfect blend of forward-thinking production and melodic delights making it live performance worthy. Ticket prices range from $32.50 – $52.50 and can be purchased online, by calling 800-745-3000 or visiting the Taft Theatre Box Office. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Festival of Laughs
The Festival of Laughs Cincinnati show has returned with heavy hitters that are going to make you double over in your seats. The comedic styles of Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake and George Wallace are guaranteed to make you cry with laughter. Add the date to your calendar now. Tickets prices range from $55.50 – $78.50 and can be purchased online, by calling 513-621-2787, or visiting the Aronoff Box Office. Right now, purchase your tickets early by using code FOL2018. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Renew Community Church
March 15 – March 24
The Cincinnati Black Theatre Company will be presenting the smash hit Broadway musical Dreamgirls at Renew Community Church beginning on March 15th! Dreamgirls follows the story of a black, all-girl singing trio from Chicago called “The Dreams”. The Dreams’ manager falls in love with the lead singer, Ellie, but later, abandons her both romantically and professionally, replacing her with someone thinner. As a result, Ellie recovers and builds a successful solo career. The production tells a tale of the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry. Tickets for Dreamgirls are $30 and can be purchased online. Group tickets (10 or more) are available at a rate of $25.
Roy Wood Jr. Comedy Show
Liberty Funny Bone
March 16 – 17
Let the voice behind the Rickey Smiley Prank Calls provide you with laughter from your gut. Roy Wood Jr. delivers comedy that gives an honest look at not only his life, but the world in which we live. The universal appeal of his comedy crosses all race and cultural lines which is why he has opened for an array of comedians ranging from D.L. Hughley, Ron White, Monique, Tommy Davidson, Bill Engvall and Katt Williams. Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased online. There are two shows per night. Must be at lest 21-years-old to attend.
Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical with Special Q&A
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
TCT is proud to welcome Ms. Carlotta Walls LaNier for a very special Q&A and talkback after the 5 p.m. performance. Tickets for this special event are $30 and can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-745-3000. LaNier was the youngest Little Rock Nine member to integrate Central High School. This act of courage and defiance became the catalyst for change in the American educational system.
Cincinnati 90’s Block Party
U.S. Bank Arena
Get ready the Cincinnati 90’s Block Party you’ve been wanting! Pull our your big hoop earrings, chains and rings because Monica, Jagged Edge, Ginuwine, Dru Hill and Guy featuring Teddy Riley will be singing your favorite old school R&B jams taking you down memory lane. Tickets prices range from $39.50 – $89.50 and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting the U.S. Bank Arena Box Office. The show starts at 7 p.m. Discounts tickets are available on Groupon.
A Conversation With Dr. Mae C. Jemison
The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation returns for their star-studded event “A Conversation With“. Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first African American female astronaut to go into space, will be the keynote speaker. As you know, this will be a stellar evening with the best and brightest in the region and it just would not be complete without you. This event is family friendly. Tickets are $50 or $250 and can be purchased online.
Platinum Comedy Tour
U.S. Bank Arena
Laugh until you fall out of your seat at the Platinum Comedy Tour Cincinnati show featuring Tony Rock, DeRay Davis, Mike Epps and Rickey Smiley. Ticket prices range from $56 – $129 and can be purchased online, by calling 513-421-4111 or visiting at the U.S. Bank Arena Box Office. Parking is available in the East Garage, Great American Ballpark and surrounding lots.
2018 Affirmed ULYPGSO YP Honors Bruch & Awards Ceremony
This event recognizes top-tier young professionals in Greater Southwestern Ohio who are contributing to their community while making great strides in their profession. Nominees will be scored in the areas of Civic Engagement, Philanthropy and Professional Development. The event will be hosted by Jennifer Moore. Tickets are $55 for members, $65 for non-members and can be purchased online. Dorian L. Spence is the keynote speaker. Nominations are now open.
3rd Annual Queen City Derby Party
Queen City Derby Party brings together a wide range of professionals and socialites from across Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky to enjoy a one of its kind Kentucky Derby watch party. A great entertainment experience will be provided through food, networking, music, and dance. Everyone should come dressed with fashion and flare! Ladies, hats are a must. Express your inner Southern Belle. Ticket prices range from $20 – $80 and can be purchased online. This is an event to see and be seen.
Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour
U.S. Bank Arena
Kevin Hart is bringing his Irresponsible Tour. The 5’4 comedian is standing up against his past irresponsible behavior. His shows always sell out, so grab your tickets today! Ticket prices range from $39- $129 and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting the U.S. Bank Arena Box Office. Please be aware, no phones, photos, or video will be permitted inside the seating area. So leave your cell phones at home or lock them in your car.
Memorial Hall OTR
When was the last time you witnessed, strings, horns and piano at a Hip-Hop show? Envision if you will, the perfect blend of; Mozart, Motown and Mos Def . Well that is but a fraction of what you will see when you catch Thee Phantom & The Illharmonic Orchestra in action. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.
Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown
Headlined by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the touring street party also features Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and New Breed Brass Band, plus special guest appearances by Big Easy legends Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Kermit Ruffins, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and more. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 20. They can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Doors open at 6 p.m.
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Marissa Staples, Writer
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